The Staples Cause for Caring fund and U.S. Retail Share Fund are programs founded by employees and funded by employee and corporate contributions. Each offers relief for employees in need of severe financial assistance for qualifying events like natural disasters, housing assistance, funerals, domestic abuse and other circumstances beyond their control.
Thanks to donations collected over the years, over $6,000,000 in grants have changed the lives of thousands of employees since 2013.
In addition to offering financial assistance to employees in need, Staples Cause for Caring, Inc. is also committed to extending our charitable giving to communities in which we operate, via partnerships with strategic non-profit organizations.
Staples Cause for Caring, Inc. is partnering with Junior Achievement USA (JA) to support JA work and career readiness initiatives across eight communities in the United States and Canada.
These initiatives are focused on helping middle school students, high school students, and young adults gain a better understanding of the connection between what they learn in school and future work and careers. Through these initiatives, Staples employee volunteers mentor Junior Achievement students, inspiring them and sharing their expertise and career insights. Further, Staples commits to offering in-kind contributions of print services to support JA in classrooms.
As a long-standing member of the National Business Products Industry (NBPI), Staples has helped support the lifesaving work of City of Hope, a not-for-profit clinical research center, hospital, and graduate medical school.
Thanks to the support of Staples and others in the NBPI, City of Hope's cutting edge research and treatment have helped countless patients battling cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDs and other life-threatening diseases.
Over the past seven years, thousands of Staples employees and their families nationwide participated in the ADA Tour de Cure event to raise funds for Diabetes research. Since 2015, Staples has raised over $328,000 for the American Diabetes Association and continues to be one of the ADA’s largest supporters in the New England area!
Staples launched the Community Business Directory in 2020 to help provide local small businesses added visibility online as well as support them on their mission to drive relationships and growth.
Businesses of all sizes can register within the Community Business Directory to connect with other local business owners in their area, engage with current and prospective customers and gather tips to help them learn and grow. Since launching, the Community Business Directory has seen 30,000 registrations.
Since 2021, Staples stores have given customers the option to purchase a donation kit filled with school supplies to be donated to a local organization in need. Since the program’s launch, Staples customers have donated 1.5 million kits that have benefited numerous organizations and school systems across the country, showcasing the true power of community.
Classroom Rewards provides an opportunity to support local schools every time you shop. Through the program, parents and students can earn 5% back in Classroom Rewards on in-store purchases to give to a local school or teacher. With over 100,000 teachers enrolled and $1.3 million donated, Classroom Rewards is supporting local communities everywhere.
The annual Thank a Teacher program recognizes 20 teachers, nominated by their students and supporters, who have gone above and beyond to make a positive impact. During the Back to School season each year, 20 nominated teachers win $5,000 to spend on classroom supplies for the upcoming school year.